Pickled Onions in Cardamom-Orange Tea

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Sassy pickled onion using cardamom – orange tea in the pickling juice.

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The earthy onion isn’t known for her subtlety. Unwrap her papery robe, and slice her open, if you doubt this. She’s a woman of many moods, though. Invite her to join some warm oil in a sauté pan, and watch her melt into the moist warmth, and taste the mellow, savory depth she adds to dishes.

Throw her butt-naked into a bean salad, and she packs crisp heat.

But get her pickled, and she really lets loose. Once she dips into a pickle juice party thrown in a hot tub, she quickly morphs into a tart trying to shock everyone around her with too much make-up, wearing purple silk hot pants trimmed in fur, and talking too loudly. She doesn’t care if you like her, or find her a little over the edge. Go find a boring pilaf if you want something safe. She wants to be noticed, to stand out. She drapes herself around everyone at the party drinking in the pickling juices, and just wants to be remembered.

Seriously, pickled onions are a great addition to dishes that you want to add a little jolt to, like these arepas rellenos. And it only takes about 30 minutes to do it!

There a wide variety of pickling juices out there that you can easily make in your own kitchen, and I actually added some loose tea from my favorite tea from The Republic of Tea to this one with huge success. So have some fun and see what riff on a pickling juice you can do. The only “rules” are that most pickling juices will include some kind of vinegar, sugar, water, and spices.


Pickled Onions in Cardamom-Orange Tea

     by Susan Pridmore

       Prep Time: 5 minutes

       Cook Time: 35 minutes

       Makes 1 pickled onion, slices


  • 3/4 cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon loose cardamom-orange tea from The Republic of Tea
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced


In a small pot over medium heat, or in the microwave oven, heat up the vinegar to almost a simmer. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the onion slices. Remove from the heat.

Place the onion slices in a jar with a lid. Pour the pickling juices over the onions so that they are submerged. Place the lid on it the jar and allow to sit for 30 minutes.

Use on sandwiches, or in salads, legume / vegetable casseroles, or grain pilafs.

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  1. says

    I loooove pickled onions! There’s a restaurant where I live that puts pickled onions on my favorite salad and it really sets the whole thing off. Now I can make them at home…yum!

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